Neighbors Gather for Flood Buyout Plan

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County neighbors came out Tuesday evening to get a jump start on federal funds that would allow flood-prone home owners to sell their homes to the government.

“I'm getting inundated with calls. People's insurance have gone up from 800 to 8,000 a year,” Kanawha County Flood Plain Manager Chuck Grishaber said Tuesday.

Kanawha County Emergency Management hosted the meeting to encourage neighbors living in unincorporated areas to apply for the potential federal flood buyout program.

While the funds for the program have not been finalized, Grishaber says $3.3 million is what’s expected for the state.

Grishaber says changes to the law mean flood insurance rates will skyrocket and a 2008 survey added homes -- some for the first time -- to the flood plain zone.

“Not only is it lowering the property value in the flood plains but it's also lowering the property value in the house across the street so at some point it's going to have an effect on everybody,” Grishaber said.

Faye Izzo of Guthrie is applying for a portion of the money available: in 2008 -- her home ended up on the new flood zone list.

“It's never flooded, he said it's based on the 100 year flood plan,” Izzo said.

The application deadline is Dec. 9, 2013. Completed applications must be dropped off or postmarked the Kanawha County Planning and Development Office at 407 West Virginia St. East, 2nd Floor, Charleston WV 25301.

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